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Being a baby or young animal is one long lesson in
reading, writing, and arithmetic.
how to survive.
how to be respectful to other animals.
An unborn animal baby is called
Some animal babies are called altricial. Altricial babies
are born ready to survive on their own.
are born with some survival skills.
are born naked and helpless.
Which of these animals is most likely to have hundreds of babies at a time?
Certain kinds of fish
Certain kinds of birds
Which of these is NOT a way some animal mothers carry their babies?
In their mouths
On their backs
Dragging them by the tail
The instinct some babies have to follow the first thing they see is called
When young animals play,
they are wasting time.
they are developing muscles and skills for survival.
they are thinking of the future.
How do baby animals prod their parents into helping them?
They go to sleep.
They get wet.
They make noise.
How are eggs laid underwater different from eggs laid on land?
Underwater eggs have thin shells—sometimes you can see through them.
Underwater eggs are always the size of grapes.
Underwater eggs cannot be opened.
Bird nests vary greatly. Hummingbird nests
are made of thorns.
are no bigger than a quarter.
are made of mud.
A mother shrew keeps her babies together by
carrying them on her back.
barking at them.
leading them in a nose-to-tail chain.
When baby birds open their brightly colored mouths, it is called
At what age can a baby skunk spray enemies?
Less than a month
About six months
Most songbirds have a song unique to their species. How do the babies learn it?
They are born knowing a little of the song, and their parents help.
They must be taught every word of the song note for note.
They are born knowing the full song.
Do young animal ever "invent" things?
Yes; a young monkey invented raisins.
Yes; a young monkey invented a custom in her troop of washing food in saltwater.
Why is a baby rattlesnake good at defending itself?
Drop for drop, its venom is more deadly than its parents' venom.
Baby rattlesnakes have stronger fangs than adults.
Baby rattlesnakes are faster than adults.
Why do some baby animals look so different from their parents?
Simply to be cute.
Because the differences help them survive.
Because predators don't like going after animals that are clearly babies.
What does an unborn animal baby need to survive?
Food, water, and oxygen
An active mind
Why do gray whales migrate to warm water to have their babies?
Because giving birth is more pleasant in warm water than in cold.
Because baby whales grow faster in warm water.
Because baby whales are afraid of cold water.
Which of these animals is most likely to never know its mother?
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